Hyena: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread
Our leads might be the best at bickering like middle schoolers, but they also make a pretty unbeatable team in the courtroom, too. This week we get to see what happens when they find some harmony — and even better, we get some backstory and bonding.
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP
While we saw a little more lawyering this week, Hyena stayed just as fun and playful, with a streak of courtroom boo-yah! At the end of last week’s episodes, it was clear that Hee-jae and Geum-ja were really going to have to bite the bullet and join forces if they wanted to win the D&T case. The stakes were high (really high, as the meeting in the “principal’s office” showed us) — not only for Song & Kim, but for each of their careers.
And for all their reluctance, when they finally combined their teams and brain power, they two were as awesome as I expected. The best part of their teamwork, though, is that they are mature enough to notice and leverage each of their strengths. That strategy showed during their “investigation” as they were preparing for the D&T case, but especially in the courtroom scene where it all came together.
While I enjoyed watching their lawyering and case-building and strategizing, the best part for me was the middle school bickering – and the rekindling of that understanding we (and Hee-jae) know they had. It’s the balance between their petty bickering and their obvious smarts/maturity as lawyers that makes this show so great. I love how we can get both angles from our characters at the same time.
Hee-jae, in particular, acts like he’s so irked by her presence and yet you can tell he’s totally enjoying every second — he mocks and copycats her words like a little kid, but when it comes down to it, he respects her smarts (and her). In fact, I don’t think they would have won they case without the mutual respect and common grrrrround that they actually both have.
Their teamwork culminates in a pretty great case scene, where Hee-jae gets things rolling, builds their case, and then passes it off to Geum-ja (with a wink) to finish things off with a clever stroke. The scene is really great, and I liked the way the case played out, and the smiles from the team — but the best part of this scene was definitely the ending.
When Geum-ja returns to the bench after delivering the final blow, Hee-jae puts out his hand under the table, and they share a secret high five of victory. It was just the right amount of playful, hopeful, and boo-yah. Squee!
Our team of victorious attorneys and their secretaries enjoy an expensive celebratory meal, and it comes out that it was Hee-jae’s secretary that told Ji-eun everything about his habits and tastes. Hee-jae feels wronged all over again (and who can blame him), but later that night winds up spending some time with Geum-ja when she needs it the most (or the least? I’m going with the most).
It looks like Geum-ja’s cop informant (recently fired) is her younger brother, and they share some soju and some bad news — their abusive father has been released early from prison. Flashbacks tell us all we need to know, and I’ve never seen Geum-ja look this shaken or afraid.
It was quite a switch when her brother leaves and Hee-jae takes his place at the table. We are treated to another beautiful and slightly drunken scene between the two, with awesome dialogue, amazing chemistry, and acting that just makes me watch with a huge smile on my face. As a drunken Ji-eun told Hee-jae early that night, “I’m rooting for you!”
The scheming attorney who I thought got put in his place last week is back to scheming, and he and his cohort are a tiny bit tiresome (I hope Hyena knows how to keep this plotline fresh as it progresses). That being said, there’s no shortage of other conflicts at the firm, and this week the other half of Song & Kim arrives in the shape of KIM MIN-JOO with a sneak attack and some definite knowledge of/interest in Geum-ja.
But of course it’s the backstory and the growth between our leads that is the most satisfying here. Every week I’m impressed how Hyena can make a totally exciting and watchable show while also giving it the depth and intimacy that I always crave out of a story. The earlier bar scene conversation between Hee-jae and Geum-ja, and the final scene of this week, were both so real and intimate that I felt like I needed to hold my breath while watching.
Geum-ja is beyond traumatized when her father shows up in her office, and all her terror from 23 years ago still rings as true as if it were yesterday. It’s nice to see a weak spot in Geum-ja’s armor at this point, since we’ve seen very little of her vulnerability thus far — and as expected/desired/necessary, Hee-jae also gets to see it.
He heads to her office late at night with a bottle of something strong, and two glasses. I loved his silent support to her here, listening to her deal with her ragged thoughts. It’s also the second time this week that he’s all but confessed to her, despite her constant stance of not liking him at all, and of drawing a hard line between them. But that’s not going to last for long. He’s pretty much exactly what Geum-ja needs in a partner. Especially in that last scene, when he asks that he can do for her and she answers, “Just be here.” If she’s not careful, he’s going to have her heart in no time (heck, he has mine!).
Things get a little intense when Hee-jae tells her to “do what she’s good at” and use him, and that he’ll let it slide that night. (Wow, Joo Ji-hoon killed this scene with those facial expressions of his!) Geum-ja didn’t seem to need much more encouragement than that, and they’re making out in seconds. The tension was real between them, and I get why Geum-ja is willing to use him here to burn off some stress, but actually, they deserve a better and more lasting encounter than this one. And I’m staking everything that they’ll get it.
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